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Which goes first...

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by rfwoodvt, Feb 1, 2021.

  1. rfwoodvt

    rfwoodvt Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Vermont
    Morning all,

    Looking at adding a step-in hooded vest to layer with my wetsuit and am trying to decide which should go over the other.

    In general, does it matter which one goes on first from a protection/warmth perspective?

    What if one of them has the better arm, head/neck and leg seals?

  2. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Pompano Beach, FL
    I can't imagine there's a rule for that, whatever sequence fits better.

    Some of my vest's fit better under some wetsuits and others fit better over them. Just a bit tighter or looser makes the difference for me, I'm curious to see what the experts respond.
    uncfnp likes this.
  3. asher102

    asher102 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Vermont, USA
    In general, I would say that a hooded vest goes under your wetsuit.
  4. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

    It dpends entirely on the suits and their sizing. I have an aqualung balance comfort 5.5mm wetsuit and a matching shorty that is designed and sized to be worn over it. I also have a cressi shorty that is sized to be worn under a wetsuit.

    Figure out what is most comfortable for you based on what you have/are going to buy.

  5. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    I wear my 5/3 mm hooded vest under my 3, 5, or 7 mm full suit. I have not used just a hood for many years. I'm thinking about getting a 5/7 mm hooded vest to add to my flexibility.

    I've seen a minority of divers layer their hooded vests over their wetsuits, I would imagine that it works just fine
  6. sea_ledford

    sea_ledford Captain

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Galveston, TX
    All things equal, I like a hooded vest over a suit as I think it seals the neck and back zip better so less water flow through the suit. But really whichever one is tighter will be the primary dictator of which goes on first.
    johndiver999 likes this.
  7. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    I’ve seen people do both. Most do it under, but some do it over.
  8. jakehbk

    jakehbk Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: California
    A step in hooded vest is an odd beast. Where are you diving and what style of wetsuit do you already own? I have a 3 piece wetsuit combo that is a farmer john bottom, a hooded best and a step in long sleeve jacket. It goes on in that order.

    My rule is that a step in wetsuit piece with short legs goes on last to avoid the legs bunching or riding up

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